Marquette University’s land and water acknowledgment is a statement that developed over weeks of reflection and conversation led by Indigenous student leadership with key faculty and staff. The statement recognizes the long history of Native people and nations that lived on and stewarded the land and water where the university now resides. It also celebrates the unbroken connection Native people and nations still have to this land and waterways, their traditional territories.
Legal issues involving Native American Indian Tribes and surrounding issues are most frequently associated with federal law. However, state laws and regulations may impact tribes. State governments do not have authority over Indian tribes, unless authorized by Congress, and may regulate only on matters that do not affect tribal interests. Tribal governments are not subservient to state governments and may enact their own laws. Current interactions between Indian tribes and states are non-controversial and signal cooperation between the two, for state and tribal governments often work on issues affecting state-tribal relations, including environmental protection, taxation and trust land issues.